More than 80 percent of the information processed by the human brain is visual. Color helps with focus, orientation, recognition and recall. Color is one of the top features people notice, and react to, when they look at a building, a room or an object. Design and building professionals carefully consider not only the correct hue, but also understand the importance of specifying colorful coatings with appropriate performance, longevity and sustainability.
Defining and distinguishing a building envelope’s form, finished architectural aluminum can be seen in numerous product applications. These include façade and wall panel systems, canopies and sun shades, soffits and trim, entry and garage doors, and framing members of curtainwall, storefront, window and entrance systems.
Prior to receiving their colorful coatings and finishes, the aluminum material may be supplied as flat sheets or as extruded profiles in linear, angled and curved shapes. Factory-applied, durable finishes maintain the manufactured products’ intended look and specified performance with minimal maintenance. Finishes that offer a unique appearance, texture or weathering performance provide manufacturers with a strategic advantage in appealing to building owners and design professionals who want their buildings to make an enduring, architectural statement.
For exterior applications with architectural-grade high performance, there are two main finishing types for aluminum products: 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based painted coatings and anodize finishes.